Not only was it sunny today, there was artistry in the air, both at the beach and a little inland near Toledo. Just south of the Toledo Airport, landscape artist Michael Gibbons was holding an artistic workshop with those who were enhancing their painting skills. And that included a ten year old girl who just moved to Newport with her family from Houston, Texas, Angelia Morrison, in whom Michael sees great potential. He gave Angelia a nice foundation to begin her painting; she studying Michael’s every move, hanging onto every word, and then got busy. Others were mentored as well as they tried to encapsulate the essence of a nice summer day on the Yaquina River, lush greens with practically no wind!
Then just downriver at Ona Beach, Grays Harbor College Fine Arts and Humanities Professor Erik Sandgren was conducting his own open air landscaping workshop…one that has been going on for the past two weeks. It’s drawn artists from around the northwest and the country. Even a few foreign counties we learned. The 70 something artists had painted in Yachats, Newport, Seal Rock, Rocky Creek, Cummins Creek State Park, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and finally Ona Beach. No youngsters here though. These ambitious artists ranged in age from the mid-30’s into the 80’s. Newport City Councilor Jeff Bertuleit was among them!
Following a compare and contrast among their works, the artists enjoyed a very nice picnic lunch under the trees. Many brush and color mixing techniques were learned both on the Yaquina River and at Ona Beach, to be sure!